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United Kingdom (11.01.18):

Recent cuts to police numbers in Melton Borough, UK have resulted in residents and local businesses turning to private security firms to take up the task of patrolling the street. However, local police do not endorse the involvement of private security, claiming they do not require the support of additional services.


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Afghanistan (24.01.18):

Recent attacks on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul have sparked discussion on the effectiveness of private security in Afghanistan. Private Security Company Kabul Balkh Safety and Security Organization (KBSS) was contracted by the government to secure the Hotel’s premises three weeks prior to the attacks, however investigations are revealing the guards did not react as quickly and as strongly as was expected to protect the premises.


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Russia (17.01.18):

Russian MPs are expected within weeks to submit a new draft law regulating private military companies (PMCs). Such changes would see PMCs operating legally in Russia’s jurisdiction becoming much stronger competitors in the private security industry.


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Bulgaria (19.01.18):

A new law approved by Bulgaria’s National Assembly enabling mayors to conclude contracts with private security companies to take over the guarding of entire municipalities has sparked concern in the nation. Critics suggest it may result in a privatisation of police powers. The opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has been the main critique of the law, by suggesting that such an activity should be the prerogative of the Interior Ministry.


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